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A Closer Look at our Marine Division

Thompson’s marine division is truly one of the most unique sectors of our business. The Mobile based group is composed of an experienced staff of marine engineers, technicians, and maritime professionals who specialize in developing customized marine power solutions for our customers.

The marine industry is extremely diversified and no two jobs are ever the same, which is why we carry a wide range of Caterpillar engines that vary in size and horsepower. Affected by the local and national economy, prices of oil, steel, coal, and natural gas play a large role in the activity in the region. We are a total solutions provider and perform service on any engine make or model. While we sell and service pleasure craft engines, our primary business is focused around commercial vessels. Our customers are primarily based in the Gulf Coast area but our reach expands to Texas, New York, Alaska, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, and even as far as West Africa. From the most sophisticated oil patch support vessels, to tugs of all varieties, dredges, passenger vessels, fishing boats, and pleasure craft, if our shipyard partners build it, we power it.

We can also design a custom package for your vessel. When we sell an engine to a shipyard, we take care of all of the engineering calculations and the actual fitting of the product. We begin with consulting and design, then work with the customer to choose the appropriate engine for their unique application. From hoses and pipes to electrical wiring and hookups, we handle it all -- even load bank testing, dock trials and final commissioning sea trials. Lastly, our engineers and project managers integrate the boat’s controls and delivery systems with the new equipment to maximize performance, keeping your vessel on the water longer.

Our customers are never in the same place for very long, so it is important that we are able to deliver the parts and services they need at a moment’s notice. Routine maintenance is scheduled while the ships are dry docked, but our technicians often board a boat for a week or more and travel with the crew when mechanical failures occur.

Thompson’s Marine division is constantly growing and evolving. We want to be our customers’ business partner and help them achieve maximum performance and profitability.

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